Jermaine Jenas saluted Fabio Capello for selecting players on form rather than reputation after scoring the first goal of the new England era.
The Tottenham midfielder grabbed his first goal for his country when he slotted home the opener in the 2-1 victory over Switzerland at Wembley.
Capello proved he had no interest in reputations when he left David Beckham out of his squad and kept Michael Owen on the bench for the full 90 minutes.
And Jenas feels that the Italian's approach paid dividends and gives more players hope of making the international side.
He told Sky Sports News: "Just playing out there was a dream come true, so to get a goal as well was the icing on the cake.
"I've got to thank the manager for putting faith in me. He's been coming to the games, watching the club football, he's given me a chance tonight and it was nice to be able to take it.
"You always feel that if you keep working hard at club level a chance will come. I'm just hoping to stick in there now.
"We've got such an abundance of talent throughout the country it's not a bad idea. It gives the likes of myself and others who are in decent form a chance.
"I feel like I performed well, I think the team as a whole performed well for our first game.
"What we've got to do now is look forward to our next meet-up and move forward from there."